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Net Impact
Net Impact is an international non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a network of business leaders who use the power of business to create a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact.

Davis Net Impact works with the GSM faculty and staff to offer courses in social entrepreneurship and sustainable business focusing on the “triple bottom line.” Our chapter regularly hosts speakers, organizes educational and volunteer events, organizes an annual welcome retreat for new and continuing students, and attends the annual National Net Impact Conference.

About our Club

Our Mission

Image of Net ImpactIt is our pleasure to welcome you to Davis Net Impact, an MBA student club of dedicated student leaders working to create environmental and social change on our campus, in our community, and on our planet. We are excited to be a part of the largest, most active student club at the Graduate School of Management.

Davis Net Impact offers networking and educational opportunities every quarter that bring together current and past classmates while encouraging community involvement. From sustainable business symposia to “day on the job” events, and from community volunteering events to our annual welcome retreat, we provide our members and the GSM community with a wide variety of engaging events every quarter.

On campus, we collaborate with administration to incorporate social and environmental issues in the curriculum. We also have the opportunity to work extensively with other campus groups that share our vision, including student clubs such as the Clean Technology Club, the Community Consulting Group, and Women in Leadership, as well as research groups, including the Center for Investor Welfare, Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Energy Efficiency Center.

Please continue to explore our new website and learn more about Davis Net Impact.

“In addition to its many accomplishments, the Davis team has spread the Net Impact message to the 120-person student body, creating a chapter that while small in number, is mighty in impact.”

- Liz Maw, Executive Director, Net Impact

Meet our board

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Rice Lummis


Rice is a 2016 MBA candidate at the University of California, Davis. He is passionate about sustainability and the role of the energy economy to provide solutions. He’s a past EDF Climate Corps fellow at Pacific Gas & Electric Company in San Francisco, where his work focused on improving the delivery of energy efficiency and demand response projects across northern and central California. He loves to explore the great outdoors of the western USA!

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Matt Frye

Vice President & Director of Finance

Matt is a 2016 MBA Candidate at the University of California, Davis. Matt has a background in agriculture and international development, managing farms in both South Carolina and Malawi. He also founded ROOTS ice cream, a “Top 10″ ranked ice cream company in the U.S. Most recently he was the Agricultural Productivity Intern at Global Good, a collaboration between Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures, that develops technologies that improve and save lives in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.  He is passionate about the intersection of international agriculture, nutrition and social equity.  Currently his interests include exploring the West coast, discovering 80’s music, and reading.

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Diana Westly

Director of Marketing & University Relations

Diana is a 2016 MBA candidate at the University of California, Davis. She is committed to educating the masses about the importance of shared value, social justice, and sustainable food systems. Diana has worked with Whole Foods Market launching regional business initiatives, and Participant Media, an entertainment company dedicated to producing documentary and narrative films that inspire social and environmental change. Diana enjoys hiking, frequenting farmers’ markets, writing, and spending time in nature.

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Jenny Hebets

Director of Events

Jenny Hebets is a UC Davis MBA Candidate with over 8 years experience as an international economic development consultant. She has designed and implemented dozens of foreign assistance programs across Latin America and Africa. Jenny has a passion for working with businesses to catalyze sustainable, equitable growth across value chains – ultimately leading to jobs, growth and poverty alleviation. Prior to joining the GSM, she lived in Peru managing a large scale public private partnership in the cocoa industry which aimed to improve their livelihoods of over 26,000 farmers. This summer, she worked for the Corporate Innovation Team of Mars Incorporated analyzing best practices in building sustainable agriculture supply chains. Jenny is a Southern California native who enjoy surfing and competing in triathlons. 


Net Impact (National Organization)

Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.

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Energy Efficiency Center

The University of California, Davis established the Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) to accelerate energy efficiency innovation and to stimulate the transfer of the technology into the marketplace. The mission of the EEC is to support the development of energy efficiency solutions and to stimulate the transfer of the technology into the marketplace. The EEC is uniquely poised to make significant contributions to this effort by supporting and energizing activities and expertise already well established at UC Davis.

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University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education ProgramA Statewide Program within UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) was created through the grass roots efforts of organizations and individuals concerned about the environmental impacts of agriculture, the health of rural communities, and the profitability of family farming operations in California.

At the request of the California legislature, the University of California established SAREP with three mandates:

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John Muir Institute of the Environment

The John Muir Institute of the Environment (JMIE) supports innovation and discovery aimed at solving real-world environmental problems. The institute’s faculty are committed to strengthening the scientific foundation for environmental decision making through collective entrepreneurship, a team-oriented approach that recognizes the complexities of environmental problems and the societal context in which they occur.

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Autodesk Sustainability Workshop

The Autodesk® Sustainability Workshop offers free online resources that teach the principles and practice of sustainability in engineering and design. The resources are meant to help educators teach and students learn the broader context and importance of sustainability in the engineering and architecture profession.

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Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility

The mission of the Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility promotes research, pedagogy and outreach that improves investor welfare and/or corporate responsibility.
The center serves to infuse science into investment management and corporate practice. To do so, the center promotes research, teaching and service that emphasize the rigorous application of scientific principles to investment management and corporate practices.

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Institute of Transportation Studies

Founded in 1991, the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at UC Davis, has grown into a multifaceted program with more than 60 affiliated faculty members and 80 graduate students. Its primary program components are research, education, and outreach. ITS partners with academic and research centers on and off campus, and with industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations around the world.

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Club Bylaws

Net Impact Club Bylaws

Club Programs

Internship Fund Recipients and Alumni:
  • John Churchman, 2012
  • Filippos Stavrinidis, 2012
  • Adam Baillie, 2011
  • Mona Kamdjou, 2011
  • Elizabeth Jones, 2010
  • Elin Kjolseth, 2010
  • Emily Rancer, 2010
  • Courtney Sweetin, 2010
  • Keith Aulick, 2009
Orientation Retreat

Net Impact at Davis works closely with the Associated Students of Management’s Director of Orientation to ensure that a socially and environmentally responsible theme is woven into New Student Orientation. Recent years’ events have included a weekend retreat to Yosemite National Park where students stayed at the social venture Evergreen Lodge, a wine-tasting trip to an organic winery, a volunteer event at the local Boys & Girls club, a “trial” case study focusing on diversity in the workplace, and a discussion session on business ethics.

This year, we have many fun activities planned to engage incoming students with nature preservation efforts at Lake Tahoe and allow them to rest and relax while taking in nature’s beauty.  Click here to learn more about the 2013 retreat.

Curriculum Development

Our Director of Curriculum Development works closely with the faculty in general, our faculty sponsor specifically, and the Associated Students of Management’s Director of Academic Affairs to embed social and environmental values into the curriculum. Initiatives take many forms and currently include integrating relevant topics and case studies into traditional courses, building new courses, and strengthening our impact on specialty programs such as the International Study Practicum and Consulting Center Projects. Complete courses that Net Impact has helped create include MGT 290: Sustainable and Responsible Business and MGT 291 Topics in Social Entrepreneurship, and Managing a Socially Responsible Investment Fund.

Net Impact Annual Conference

Each year, GSM students attend the Net Impact Annual Conference. Considered one of the premier events for students and professionals interested in socially and environmentally responsible business, the annual Net Impact North America Conference is designed to mobilize members through an exciting array of keynotes, panels, case studies, simulations, and special events. Participants gain a fresh perspective on the role of business in society and a new appreciation for their work as business leaders and their connection to a network of like-minded colleagues.

From October 24-26, the 2013 conference will be close by UC Davis and we are expecting a big turnout from our student body.  Students will have the chance to speak with employers like 3M, Accenture, Citi, The Walt Disney Company and others making an impact.  Workshops follow tracks like Finance and Investing, Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise, and Sustainable Food.  Read more about this year’s conference here.

The 20th Annual Net Impact Conference was held in October 2012, in Baltimore.  Nearly 3,000 changemakers shared ideas and tools, interacted with sustainability leaders, and built the collaborative relationships necessary to accelerate their impact.

Public Interest Internship Fund

The GSM prides itself on being a leader in social and environmental responsibility and fosters a highly cooperative student community.  In this spirit, Davis Net Impact created the Public Interest Internship Fund to help provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to pursue internships with non-profit organizations or business with social or environmental missions.  As many of these internships are unpaid, the internships fund helps eligible students cover basics and offset their cost of living.  Every Spring Quarter, Davis Net Impact kicks off a pledge drive, during which students pledge one or more days’ salary to support their classmates in need.  In 2012, the students contributed approximately $2,000, which was awarded to two students working on renewable energy and fair trade practices.

Board Fellows Program

The Net Impact Board Fellows Program matches UC Davis Graduate School of Management MBA candidates (who are also members of Net Impact) with the boards of nonprofit organizations. The program benefits both parties: students gain exposure to nonprofit organizations and rewarding experience as non-voting board members, while participating nonprofits benefit from project or committee work, access to future business leaders with fresh perspectives, and affiliation with the Graduate School of Management.

Fellows work closely with trustees and executive directors, attending board meetings, serving on committees, and working on special projects. As a result, Fellows gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by nonprofit organizations, as well as the complexities of nonprofit management.

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